From Maurice Okafor, Enugu.
The Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUTH), has embarked on a 14-day free medical screening on hepatitis for all residents of the state.
The workers of the teaching hospital had embarked on a two-hour `Walk against Hepatitis’ to create awareness on the dangers of the disease and the free screening ongoing at the hospital for residents.
Speaking after the walk, Head of Department of Community Medicine in ESUTH, Dr. Eddy Ndibuagu, said that the teaching hospital started marking the 2018 World Hepatitis Day with the free screening for residents of the state.
Ndibuagu noted that the screening would be followed up with subsidized immunization cost for those that test negative to Hepatitis B and proper referral for treatment for those that test positive to hepatitis B or C.
“The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Prof. Hyacinth Onah, had directed the Community Medicine Department to carry out the programme as well as made it mandatory for all staff of the institution to get screened and know their hepatitis status.
“He had directed that free screening and subsidized immunization cost should be extended to the members of the public for the two weeks,’’ he said.
In a lecture titled; “Eliminating Hepatitis – Finding the Missing Millions’’; Dr Gideon Anigbo, urged Nigerians to refrain from taking much alcohol since it damages the liver very fast.
“People going for blood transfusion should do proper screening of the blood; while everybody should avoid sharing sharp objects like clippers, razor blade and needle with another person,’’ Anigbo, who is a consultant physician with the Department of Internal Medicine of ESUTH, said.
In another lecture, titled; “Epidemiology and Prevention of Hepatitis’’; Dr Linus Onoh, advised mothers to ensure immunization of children especially infants against hepatitis; while adults should get tested and if found positive with hepatitis should take early immunization.
In a remark, the chairman of the event, Dr Casmir Orjioke, advised the general public and health workers to go for regularly medical check-up and “desist from self-medication’’.